Weight Loss Product Contains Hidden Drug, Says FDA

Looking to shed pounds? Don't try Tianji True Slim, which the government warns contains sibutramine, a controlled substance.

The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or use“Tianji True Slim,” a product promoted and sold for weight loss, cleansing the digestive system, improving body metabolism, restoring energy, improving circulation, and eliminating water retention. 

This product is promoted on AmericaQualityHerbs.com and possibly sold in some retail stores and drugstores.  

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Tianji True Slim contains sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons.  The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.  This product may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately and throw it away.  Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible. 

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Note: This notification is to inform the public of a growing trend of products marketed as dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals.  These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building, and are often represented as being “all natural.”  FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients.  Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.

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